Sean O’Malley becoming the UFC bantamweight champion played a huge role in strengthening Marlon Vera’s chances of getting a title shot. In the rankings, Marlon Vera is positioned as the 6th ranked bantamweight contender, and if it wasn’t for Sean O’Malley’s win, Marlon Vera would have taken a lot more time to earn his spot as the title challenger.
Marlon Vera is the only contender to give Sean O’Malley a taste of defeat; the thirst for vengeance spiked O’Malley’s interest in having his first title defense against Marlon Vera.This is the perfect opportunity for Sean O’Malley to right his wrongs.
Sean O’Malley on fighting Marlon Vera
In a recent interview with Helen Yee, Sean O’Malley explained why he’s surprised to fight Marlon Vera. “I’m honestly surprised that it’s happening, in a sense,” O’Malley said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.
“I didn’t think that he would get to the title shot, and did he really deserve it after his performance over Pedro (Munhoz)? I don’t know, but I thought, ‘You know what? It’s time that I take him out.’ So here we are, and it’s very exciting.
I think it’s the biggest fight in the division, I think it’s an important fight from what happened the first time. I claim that I’m undefeated and he claims that he beat me. So now March 9, we get to settle – we’ll see who was right”.
Sean O’Malley on the outcome of the match
“There’s a possibility it (goes to the judges), He’s never been submitted. He’s never been knocked out. He’s very, very durable. I just truly, truly believe that I’m on another level and that I’m going to bring a level of performance that the UFC has never even seen.
I think I’m going to hit a level that people will be shocked at, and I’m going to put on a masterful, beautiful performance”.